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Lhasa to the Everest Lhasa to Kathmandu( border)

Tour Overview

The 850 km Sino-Nepal highway is definitely the most epic overland trip available on earth for those adventure-minded people. The panorama from Lhasa to Kathmandu is splendid variously, you can find from the towering cardinal landmark of Potala Palace to the most influential and mystical Monasteries; from the bustling and murmuring prayerful Buddhism followers to the single-minded and devoted pilgrim; from the pure turquoise holy lakes with waving prayer flags to the majestic golden summit of the Everest in sunglow; from the barren and desolate northern side of the Himalayas to the all year green and lush southern side of the Himalayas with waterfalls.

By finishing such a trans-Himalayas overland tour in an appreciation manner, you will find more than superb sceneries; also, you will find what you need and where you are at this quick-fix society. This is absolutely a rewarding tour for those who favor sceneries and inspiration over creature comfort.

Detailed Itinerary & Price Guide Map Tips
Detailed Itinerary & Price Guide

Day 1 Arrive in Lhasa

Arrival & Pick-up in Lhasa and Acclimatization
Schedule today: Arrival at train station or airport in Lhasa, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Tibetan Style Pick-up Tibetan Style Pick-up

Day 2 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Schedule today:
In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace (Watch Our Video), the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple (Watch Our Video), where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Backhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter.

Day 3 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule today: (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)
In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery (Watch Our Video), where the largest scale of scripture debating (Watch Our Video) among monks is famous all across Tibet.

Day 4 Lhasa-Gyantse (270 km/ 6-7 hours)

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Kumpa Stupa, Pelcho Monastery

Yamdrok Lake Kumpa Stupa

Schedule today: In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake (Watch Our Video) is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. Then we drive along the turquoise holy lake and snowcapped mountains, the views are just stunning(Watch Our Video). On the way, we will stop to visit the Karola Glacier before arriving in the ancient town of Gyantse (Watch Our Video) where you will find the largest stupa in Tibet-Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelcho Monastery. (Watch Our Video)

Day 5 Gyantse-Shigatse-Tingri (300 km/ 8 hours)

Highlights: Tashilump Monastery, Shegar Dzong

Tashilump Monastery Shegar Dzong

Schedule: In the morning, visit Tashilumo Monastery (Watch Our Video) which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. In the morning, your guide will also go to government office to apply for another permit for EBC for you, which may take 1 to 2 hours. Afterwards, drive along the well paved highway from Shigatse to Tingri (shegar) (Watch Our Video); before sunset, we will visit ruins of Shegar Dzong perched on the mountain, the ruins used to be the capital administration center of Tingri region and it's also a good point to view the Himalayas. Besides the ruins, you could also visit the small and cozy shegar Chode Monastery built in the 13th century.

Day 6 Tingri-Rongbuk Monastery-EBC (110 km, 5 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, EBC

Rongbuk Monastery EBC

Schedule today: In the morning, drive to Mt. Everest Nature Reserve, the driving distance is not long today but road is unpaved and very bumpy (Watch Our Video); if weather permits, on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see the beautiful peaks of 4 highest mountains over 8000 meters (Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time, what a great picture. Before arriving at the EBC, you will first visit the highest monastery in the world-Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest, the sunset view is fantastic when weather is good.

Day 7 EBC-Old Tingri-Zhangmu (310 km, 7-8 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Sunrise over the peak of Mt. Everest

Green Bus to EBC Everest Sunrise

Schedule today: (Tour of Tibetan glory)
Get up early in the morning to wait for the most exciting and holy moment when the first sunshine strikes the peak of the Everest. The golden crown over the peak of Mt. Everest will definitely be unforgettable in your life. Afterwards, continue our journey on the bumpy but amazing off-the-beaten track (Watch Our Video) to Zhangmu via Old Tingri. Today we will stay at Zhangmu, the border town of both Nepalese and Chinese style.

Day 8 Zhangmu-Nepal (border transfer)

China Custom China-Nepal Border

Schedule today: In the morning after breakfast, your guide will help you go through border formality and you can You can cross the border bridge and check in Nepal side, Nepal visa is available upon arrival with 25USD, please prepare one photo of passport size to get Nepal Visa. Next step, you need to find a car or bus towards Kathmandu, 50ms ahead from border bridge, dozens of car or bus are parking there to pick up travelers; about 3000 Nepali Rupee for a taxi rental or 50 Nepali Rupee(Appro.1USD) for a bus seat. Taxi will be a good choice for you.

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Tips

1. Do have good acclimatization before forwarding to the Everest as the altitude there at the base camp is over 5200ms; go direct to the Everest without 1 or 2 days acclimatization posts danger to your tour. Drink more water helps you accustom to the altitude there.

2. Better do not take shower after arrival in Lhasa if you are going to visit the Everest, because the biggest threat to your safety on the plateau is catching cold but not altitude over 5000ms.

3. May and October are best season to go as the sky is more clear, you can see the summit of the Everest with ease.

4. We do not suggest the pregnant and people over 60 or below 12 to visit this area

5. Bring warm wears is also important as the temperature in this region could become low during the night, besides, a sleeping bag is also necessary because the condition of guesthouse outside of Shigatse could be simple.

6. Do not litter in the EBC area though some did, please bring a bag with you to place the trashes you produce and bring it away.

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